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A boy and girl face the challenge of the world's last frontier
A teenage girl and her young brother are stranded in the Australian outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Aborigine on "walkabout": a ritualistic banishment from his tribe
Nicolas Roeg is fast becoming one of my favorite directors. Granted, I've only digested three of his films so far, and I understand that his quality declines quite drastically later in his career (otherwise, I would have expected him to be one of the all-time greats instead of just respected yet rarely talked about), but he has yet to take a misstep in my book. Not only are the films of his I've watched commendable, they are truly excellent. From his mastery of the thriller/horror in Don't Look Now to the daring experimental sci-fi of The Man Who Fell To Earth, I've now been lucky enough to catch the beautiful, perhaps even 'Malickian' nature odyssey of Walkabout.
Walkabout, above all,…
I often talk about how I cherish the rare and unique opportunity to experience a film through pure, unbiased eyes, having never seen a trailer or a clip, with no knowledge of even a basic premise to get me started before sitting down and pressing play. Such was my approach to the 1971 Australian movie Walkabout, as I literally only knew the name of the director and the fact that it was deemed worthy of inclusion to the Criterion collection.
I wanted Nicolas Roeg to tell me a story, to paint something extraordinary with his highly regarded brush that, despite his expansive filmography, I had never witnessed in action before.
The film starts with various shots of crowded,…
The near silent opening of the film contrasts the concrete hell of the city set against the wise open spaces of the Australian outback. It is not until we are in the car with the girl, her younger brother and father that we have a clear understanding of where exactly we are. The montage of scenes before that converge together in surreal motion, the power of the images alone enough to inform you of the films psychology.
Nicolas Roeg's film was seemingly lost, then resurrected in full and appears to slowly be finding an audience at last. Its themes are simple yet wonderfully effective. Roeg looks at the industrialisation of the world and the ongoing battle against nature, always waiting…
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"I don't suppose it matters which way we go..."
Nicholas Roeg's 1971 film Walkabout is so dizzying in it's sheer beauty, that one tends to get just as lost in it's Australian landscape and vistas as our protagonists, and it's through Nic Roeg's innovative editing and cinematography that we witness a teenage schoolgirl and her little brother become one with the landscape, as if nature is devouring the foreign objects that enter into its realm (symbolised by their picnic food being consumed by ants).
Edward Bond's 14 page screenplay, which is loosely based on the novel 'Walkabout' by James Vance Marshall, is apparently quite a step away from the novel in it's cinematic form. Roeg infuses the film with layers…
Director: Nicolas Roeg (Fourth Film)
A well-shot film about two siblings; an older sister and a younger brother as they venture - forced to so by circumstance - through the Australian outback. I say venture, but it's more trudge and struggle as they quickly descend into desperation. That is until they meet a young aboriginal boy on his "Walkabout" - a rite of passage undertaken by Aborigines during their adolescence years.
The film is wonderfully shot, with director Nicolas Roeg utilising frequently startling images and juxtaposition. Imagery-wise, Roeg is working wonders in this film with focus on transitions and fluidity and well, generally the odd shot of nature - in both its forms, nasty and nice.
It's been a day and a half since watching Walkabout. Normally I come and write my thoughts down right away, but this one has given me fits with how to express them.
A brother and sister, stranded and left in the outback, try and survive after running into an aborigine during his 'walkabout' - where on his 16th birthday he must go and live in the wildnerness surviving off the natural means of the earth. It's a very simple tale yet shown to us so poetically that it begs you to reflect on your own life.
Director Nicholas Roeg shows us what surviving in the wilderness of the Australian outback can feel like, and in such a natural beautiful way.…
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"A film about indigenous people"
Walkabout is an interesting film but not the type that I could see myself revisiting again. It's well made and I love use of location but there's something about it that just didn't click with me. It might be that Walkabout comes off as one of those movies that tries really hard to be smart and poetic. Juxtaposing images of sexuality with images of savagery over and over again to make sure that if we don't understand the first 5 times we'll understand the next 5. There are closeups on the fork of a tree meant to emulate the sex of a woman but in case we didn't get that Roeg pushes again and again to make it obvious just in case we aren't smart enough to figure it out for ourselves. It's not that this is a bad movie it's just trying really hard.
Predecessor of Tracks. Australia - land which gives you a reality check. In this movie every second.
Whenever I watched this on telly, the picture always looked like a faded photocopy. As Walkabout so obviously relies on its visuals for its storytelling, for me, watching the Criterion Blu-ray is like watching it for the first time. Or, at least, it seems like I was finally able to appreciate how the film vividly captures the blasted alien landscape of the outback, the sense of desolation and grandeur.
Life, death, sex. The two white city kids barely existing out in the brutal wastes. The frequent depictions of the cruelty of nature; suffering, killing. The sexual tension between the two teens, and the camera's gazing eye grazing over the young Jenny Agutter in her skimpy schoolgirl outfit, and out of it. David Gulpilil's forlorn courtship dance, and her white privilege.
I'm not the biggest Nic Roeg fan, but I this might be his best: unsettling, visually stunning, kinda erotic, kinda boring, and, ultimately, heartbreaking.
Haunting, surreal, graphic and compelling, Nicolas Roeg's adaptation of James Vance Marshall's novel is a hypnotic jaunt through wilderness, culture, past and present, sound and image. Juxtaposed with the pains of survival, the furies of sexual discovery through ones coming of age and the misunderstanding of the truest of intentions. Visual poetry firing on all cylinders.
Well, what can I say. It’s rare for a movie with such a slow tempo to so be so utterly captivating. You’re really swept away by the peculiar beauty of it all. And at the same time Walkabout is a very pessimistic movie. The young siblings lost in the Australian outback have been abandoned by civilization. The hinted attraction between the girl and the aborigine boy is never realized. They are trapped in their own separate spaces, unable to reach out and bond on a deeper level. They are as disconnected from each other as civilization is from another big character in the movie, nature itself.
I’m fascinated by how unprejudiced the movie deals with all this. That may be part of the reason why I find it so beautiful.
Landscape in the Mist of the 70s
Where 'The Proposition' starts with an immense raw shoot-out in the Australian Desert, Walkabout its opening shoot-out is tragically beautiful. The unsettling montage of Roeg shows every conflicting emotion in a few seconds to the viewer and no explanation is needed anymore.
+ Opening scene
+ Ending scene
+ Weather balloon scene
Wonderful scenes and weirdly appealing movie which is very low on story and high in visuals. Much is left to viewers imagination which is super positive and rarely seen feature in nowadays movies.
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One time I missed my bus and I had to walk to work.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…